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What do we listen on ? Studio Monitors
Old 7th May 2013
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What do we listen on ?

We frequently debate microphones, but not loudspeakers very often
My main monitors, for post, are Quad 63s on tall stands ,listened near field ish,ie 5-6'.
I record on dipoles and omnis and listen on dipoles,it makes some sort of sense.
They are cruelly accurate, with a large soundstage,similar to my HD 650,but better.
Old 8th May 2013
I have B&W N803 here, along with HD-600. Both connected to a Benchmark DAC-1, the speakers amplified by Array Quartz M-1 amps.

Most important is the way we listen. You are completely right that it should be debated much more often.

I read something interesting by Dunlavy once - he was comparing loudspeaker dispersion and the projection of instruments in a room, and how important this is for natural reproduction. Something to think about when setting up your listening space.

Old 8th May 2013
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DAC-1, K&H 0198's. HD600 (custom cable) & ATH-M50 cans.
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KH-120's for mix, KEF 102/4's and SoundLab M-3PX electrostatics for fun. Driven by monoblock hafler DH500's and/or a hafler XL-280. Pre-amp is a hafler DH-110 and tuner a DH-220. Hard to beat hafler for the money. ATH-M50's and Ety headphones.
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- For ITB stereo mixing: Violectric DAC V800 > Neumann KH120A (+ Adam Sub7).

- For OTB stereo mixing/mastering: Mytek 8x192 ADDA > ADT Toolmix8 > bunch of outboard > Lynx Hilo > Sound Devices 788T > Violectric DAC V800 > Neumann KH120A (+ Adam Sub7).

- For headphone mixing: Violectric DAC V800 > SPL Phonitor > Sennheiser HD800.

- For 5.1 mixing: RME FireFace 800 > Teufel System 5 THX.

- For playback of finished surround projects: Teufel Decoderstation 5 > Teufel System 5 THX.

- For headphone playback: Violectric DAC V800 > Violectric HPA V200 > Sennheiser HD800.

- For computer playback mix check: Harman Kardon Soundsticks.

- For average home mix check: some sort of old Philips amplifier with JBL speakers.
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RME sound card to Lynx Aurora16 to Audient Zen to Event ASP8s.

Then in car while driving.

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Yamaha HS-80s
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Vandersteen 2CE Signatures with an Audio Research D200 for power. Nearfields are Hafler TRM6.

Wonderful question Rolo.

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Anthony Gallo Acoustics Nucleus Reference listened medium field, set up as a right triangle with the listening position with the speakers at the center point of the long dimension of the room. They are fed by a Cary Audio Design CAD 300SEI LX20 single ended triode amp that I rebuilt. Conversion courtesy of a Black Lion Audio Signature modded Digi 002R. Headphones: Denon AH-D7000.

Love the 63s... rebuilt and modded a pair for a friend...
Old 8th May 2013
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Very important thread!

KH O300 for sessions and post, in ensemble with Sennheiser HD 650 here.

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Fascinating thread. Studio Currently Meyer HD1 and Sennheiser 650.

Living room AVI ADM 9.1
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Adam S3A mostly.
Sennheiser HD600 also.
Old 8th May 2013
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From RME FF400: a) via Hafler pre/power to Quad ESL 63's on short stands; or b) to ATH-M50 cans; or c) for a quick 'n dirty check, via Luxman to Celestion Ditton 15's.
Old 8th May 2013
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Grace m903 monitor controller
ME Geithain RL906 monitors
Sennheiser HD 800 headphones (open)
Sennheiser HD 25-1 headphones (closed)

The above is my main rig.

I also have a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30 Actives and a pair of K+H O110D, but the RL906 are superior to both of these. I also have about 20 other headphones I can use. The HD 800 replaced the HD 650 and HD 580 Jubilee (same as the HD 600) that I also have.
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Originally Posted by Norm@gear View Post

KH O300 for sessions and post, in ensemble with Sennheiser HD 650 here.
Ha, same as me! With the addition of AKG 240s, which I know from decades of use, and a little Tivoli Audio stereo for non-studio use.
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Link Audio K50 loudspeakers (I have to get the new K100s)
Bryston 3BSST
Benchmarkmedia DAC2 HGC (to all DAC1 owners: a must upgrade !!)
two SVsound SB12-nsd subs for the lowest octave

I also use HD650 headphones, but almost not anymore since the new mastering/mix/edit room is almost ready.

Power supply: Link Audio Puro balanced power supply

On location, I basically take everything but the subs.
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Sennheiser HD600 through Benchmark DAC1USB. Nearfields are NHT M-00s. Big boys back at the ranch are Vandersteen 2Ci (1991 vintage) through Adcom power.
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I'm so envious of all of you! Someday....
Old 8th May 2013
I built my own monitors and amplifier. SEAS drivers, high end crossover, it has a nice flat detailed response. Also HS50m's for consumer reference, though I rarely keep them plugged in now-a-days.
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RME ADI8 QS + Adam S3A 5.1 setup, Sony Receiver + passive Dynaudio BM15 5.1 setup, RME FFUC + Adam A7 stereo setup, ATH-M50 + Beyerdynamic DT-770M Headphones (mostly), seven Genelec 1029A for whatever is necessary.
Old 9th May 2013
Too many to list, but....
Main studio speakers are 5 DUnlavy SC-V's with 3 Classe CA-2300's for the front and a CA2200 for the rears. Also have Stax Lambda Pro and SR-007 earspeakers. (Like the Lambda Pro's better....)
On the road it depends on the recording but for Orchestras I use 3x B&W 801III matrix and 2x 802III with 3 NAD M2 amplifiers. For chamber I usually use N805 with a Rotel Digital amp.
At home I typically listen on an iHome iPod alarm clock..... But have in manland a pair of Quad ESL 63 USA on SoundAnchor stands and a Nak PA7II along with a pair of home made subwoofers with a Rane xover. Haven't turned it on in probably 2 years. Hope all the panels still work.
In my workshop I'm building a set of custom ATC SCM200's out of Wimslow driver kits and 8 Hypex Ncore modules. Crossover is a Minidsp 2x8 with a Minidigi interface.
For cans I have a pair of Etymotic HF2 for riding the subway and a pair of Sony 7506's for work. Usually plug them into whatever's close. (Telephone, CD Burner, console)
All the best,
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PMC IB2S with Genelec 7071A subwoofer, mains fed by NAD 208 amp, which in turn gets the signal from Crane Song Avocet. Near fields are ADAM A7, also via Genelec, and cans Sennheiser HD800 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 from Heed Canamp.

Speaker/room system goes quite flat down to 15 Hz, good for organ recordings...
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Grover Notting Code 1.5's for monitoring, living room is kit MTM/D'Appolito, but in workshop is a pair of dipoles taking shape, SEAS drivers, will have miniDSP crossover, Hypex powered.
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Focal Solo 6 (x5)
PMC IB1S with Bryston 4B SST
Sennheiser HD650
UE Reference in-ears
Avantone Mixcubes (hardly used these days)
Little Creative bluetooth speaker

Quite a few unused monitors I need to sell. Man they're piling up.
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Edit on SADiE 6.
NEVE console

Changed last summer to PMC IB1-S with Bryston amp.
Super monitors with extended bass sound. Also use QUAD ESL-63.
Digital Audio Denmark a/d and d/a to monitors.

Home hi-fi sounds great for enjoyment listening. All tube. There is Linn Sondek LP-12 with Dynavector cartridge, Shindo Aurieges preamp, VAC Marantz 8b 40 watt amp. QUAD cd player, QUAD FM4 tuner., Pro-Ac Response 2s speakers.
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Originally Posted by Plush View Post
Shindo Aurieges preamp, VAC Marantz 8b 40 watt amp
very nice...
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At the studio:
RME Fireface UFX, Yamaha NS Amplifier and NS-1000M speakers (modded). Grado SR325 headphones.

On location:
Whatever is available. UFX, KORG or Babyface converters, Grado headphones, Sennheiser HD280 speakers, Genelec 8030s or the PA speakers (Nexo, D&B Audiotechnik, JBL or RCF). Whatever does the job.
Old 9th May 2013
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Sennheiser HD600 and geithain RL906 to mytek 8x192
power supply: UPS double conversion (METASYSTEM WHAD) to have pure sinusoidal output.
Old 9th May 2013
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Metric-Halo Uln2 2d to Adam P11a for mixing.
Cambridge Audio Dac Magic Plus to vintage QED pre/power amp to Ruark Talisman II and Canton SC300 subwoofer.
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I forgot to mention my Sennheiser HD-600....
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